At the beginning of 2012, nobody thought that women’s issues would be front and center. At least, nobody thought so on the Republican side of the aisle. From the day the Tea Party Congress was sworn in in 2011 until the summer of 2012, a record number of anti-choice, anti-family measures were enacted in Washington and statehouses around the country. Attempts to redefine “rape.” Invasive ultra-sound bills. Protests against the provision of the Affordable Care Act that provide women with free contraception and other preventive care.
The MOMocrats launched Run, Mama Run in 2008 to publicize the races of progressive female candidates running for offices at all levels. In 2012, we saw the need to expand it. So during the primaries, we created our interactive map highlighting candidates endorsed by organizations including EMILY’s List and the Women’s Campaign Fund. At its peak, we included over 100 progressive, pro-choice female candidates running for local, state and Federal offices throughout the country. We highlighted them on our website. We interviewed them on our podcast. And we helped promote them in social media through our Moneybomb Mondays campaign.
And now that the election results are in, we can say we think 2012 turned out to be a true Year of the Woman in politics. Races were won by over 60 of our Run, Mama Run candidates. We are sending a record number of pro-choice, progressive women to the Senate. And now, it’s time to update this section of our site.
We’ve started with the map, which shows you the winners, state by state. Click on pins to view biographical information (to be updated soon!). You can use the usual controls to zoom in or out or scroll the map around to see other parts of the country. Follow this link to view a full-sized version of this map, and this one to see the elected officials organized in list form.
And watch this space as we get a jump on the next wave of women running for office. We represent over 50% of the population. It’s about time that was reflected in the makeup of our elected officials.